Pocket-Sized Echocardiograph Provides Quick And Qualitative Assessment
Images obtained by the P10 were assessed on the ability to provide information on whether or not the left ventricle, left atrium, aortic and mitral valves were 'grossly normal' or 'grossly abnormal'. There were no instances of the bedside scan missing a significant finding that was then detected with alternative methods of imaging. Furthermore, in two cases, results from the P10 scan had an immediate impact on the clinical management of a cardiac patient.
The P10 is the first available handheld ultrasound screening device. Conveniently pocket-sized, it is user friendly and versatile, suitable for areas such as cardiology, obstetrics and emergency medicine.
"Not only is the ACUSON P10 lightweight and flexible, but this study has shown it to be both quick and accurate at providing assessment, saving what could be critical periods of time should cardiac problems arise," said Declan Dunphy, Manager of Ultrasound Products at Siemens Healthcare. "Its ability to facilitate high quality images for immediate review at the point of care will position it as a key tool in the cardiologist's day-to-day role."
* The pocket echocardiograph: a useful new tool? The European Journal of Echocardiography, Margaret Egan and Adrian Ionescu. (June 2008)
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